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Green tech finds (6/9/11)

1906 Krieger electric vehicle

The original electric cars, a solar-powered train tunnel, and geothermal energy harvesting that also sequesters carbon… your green tech finds for the week.

  • Big battery breakthrough?: Researchers at MIT are redesigning batteries as “semi-solid flow cells,” which could eliminate charging time issues for electric cars, as well as provide viable storage of energy generated from renewable sources. (via Grist)

  • Solar-powered train tunnel opens in Belgium: A two-mile stretch of train tunnel near Antwerp is now covered with solar panels, and will provide electricity for both high-speed and inter-city rail links, as well as a train station. (via AOL Travel)

  • Hybrid power plant planned for Turkey: General Electric and eSolar have designed a power plant that runs on natural gas, and is supplemented by both solar and wind power. They plan to break ground this year. (via @TaigaCompany)

  • The other Apple development: Yep, the tech space is all abuzz about iCloud… but Steve Jobs also recently went in front of the Cupertino, California city council to push for a new Apple campus that will have a number of green features… including a huge increase in landscaping, and a huge decrease in parking spaces. (via Treehugger)

  • Old school electric cars: And I mean really old school — Care2′s Jake Richardson shows us seven electric car designs that are over 100 years old. The one above is a 1906 Krieger. (via @derekmarkham)

  • Roadside assistance for EVs: Nissan is testing out roadside assistance trucks that can give a quick charge to a stranded LEAF. (via @EnergyCollectiv)

  • Auctioning off extra space in delivery vehicles: UK company Shiply allows businesses to bid on open space in delivery vehicles already going to a shipment’s destination… which, according to Gigaom, has saved “10 million kg of carbon emissions.” (via @greeneconpost)

  • Renewable energy that captures CO2: Renewables don’t emit carbon… but researchers at the University of Minnesota think they can go one step further with geothermal energy capture that also sequesters CO2 already in the atmosphere. (via Fast Company and @visionaryvalues)



Lots of good stuff here… but if you found something even better, share it with us.

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